From an outsider’s perspective, it would be hard to think that I know anything about work-life balance. For starters, as I write this it’s 6:00 in the morning, and I’ve already been up for 3 hours. I tend to work anywhere from 12-16 hours a day during the week, and I’m always thinking about my next task. Yet despite my seemingly never-ending workdays, I’m generally happy and relaxed most of the time. Why? Because I know my limits, and I have no delusions about the importance of taking a break now and then.
As a Leader, You Need to Stay Focused
As a leader or manager of people, it’s imperative that you stay focused. The quickest way to lose that focus is to burn yourself out. I spoke about ways to avoid management burnout in an episode of my vlog, but the best way to avoid it is to be honest with yourself when you need a break. Everyone runs out of steam now and then. Make sure that you don’t push yourself past your limits.
Relaxed Leaders Create Happy Followers
Nobody is going to be compelled to follow someone who’s exhausted and fuzzy-headed all of the time. Nobody wants to follow people who are easily agitated either. Taking some time for yourself, whether it’s a vacation or just a day to unwind, will allow you to be awake, clear-headed and relaxed in the face of the people you lead. In turn, they will be more likely to be willing to follow you.
Don’t Lose Sight of Whats Truly Important
I love the work that I do, but it’s far from the most important part of my life. Part of the reason why I started my own business was so I could spend a little more time with my family. So, when it’s family time, that’s all I focus on. This allows me to recharge, and come back to work with a fresh set of eyes (that’s why I create most of my content on Mondays and Tuesdays).
There’s No Formula for Work-Life Balance
I can’t tell you what work-life balance means for you. It’s a deeply personal thing that’s different for everyone. What I can tell you is that I’m a much better leader when I take the time that I need in order to recharge. When it comes down to it, you have to be able to be honest with yourself about your limits and make sure you don’t push past them.